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Review of 'As a Man Thinketh' by James Allen
In the powerfully inspirational movie, ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, Mike Dooley makes a most enlightening statement: “Thoughts become things!” The reasoning behind this statement is that whatever we think about long and hard enough, eventually manifests in our lives.
In this book, ‘As a Man Thinketh’, James Allen shares with us some “pointed essays on the power of thinking positively and its influence on character, circumstance, and health”. If I did not personally believe in this powerful statement, I wouldn’t be writing this review today. I believe in the power of thinking because my thoughts, in the face of negative situations/circumstances, have gifted me with many of the blessings (opportunities, things, resources, talents, friends etc.) that I have today.
It is not a difficult book to read, nor is it long-winded; there are only 78 pages. When I got my copy in 2011, I read it through in one day but I have re-read certain parts at various periods in between then and now as continuous daily reminders.
We all face challenges in life but the deciding factor in how well we overcome those challenges is our thoughts. Three (3) renowned global examples of persons who have attested to the power of thought in changing circumstances are Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
This power of thought is available to ALL OF US! What made these men powerful, is that they USED the power of thought. James Allen shows us in his book how each one of us can harness the power of thought to change whatever circumstances we want to change in our lives.In particular, he looks at seven (7) key foundation life areas in relation to thought – Character, Circumstances, Health & the Body, Purpose, Achievement, Vision & Ideals and Serenity.
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"A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances" (James Allen)